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|Pilot FCPO Heihachi Kawai (KIA)
Co-Pilot Sea1c Hikojirō Inoue (KIA)
Observer PO2c Yuichi Watarai (KIA)
Observer Sea2c Shigeyuki Kuwana (KIA)
Radio PO1c Ryuji Morikawa (KIA)
Radio PO3c Takejirō Ueda (KIA)
Mechanic PO1c Mairu Ōtsuka (KIA)
Mechanic PO2c Shigeyuki Miyamoto (KIA)
Crashed March 21, 1942
Over the target intercepted by two Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) 75 Squadron that took off from 7-Mile Drome including P-40E Kittyhawk piloted by Wackett and P-40E Kittyhawk piloted by Cox. Both pilots had only landed two hours prior. The pair climbed 10,000' to attack the bomber from the rear quarter with both pilots firing ten separate bursts. To evade their fire, the bomber attempted to skid, hid in a cloud then jettisoned its bomb load.
Cox scored hits on the port engine causing it to stream black smoke and oil. Wackett hit the right engine. Damaged, the bomber exploded and crashed into the sea one mile west of Basilisk Light (Basilisk Beacon) on Nateara Reef to the south of Port Moresby. The entire crew was killed in the interception or crash.
During the interception, Port Moresby signals held down a Morse key, in a crude attempt to jam any radio warning from the Japanese bomber that Australian fighter planes had arrived. Later, radio messages for hours from Rabaul were heard, presumably attempting to reach this bomber and seemed to confirm they were unaware it had been shot down or reported the presence of fighters.
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